The huge XPark in Dubai is one of the most expensive skateparks in the world, with an estimated total value of 4.5 million euros, so you can imagine its potential! Whether on a scooter, BMX, rollerblades or skateboard, skateboard enthusiasts can take on dozens of obstacles and bowls, craters and slopes.
Dubai is often considered to be the kingdom of abundance: the hotels are the height of luxury, the huge shopping centres are overflowing with products of all kinds and the restaurants are ever more gastronomically extravagant. This excess is also reflected in sports and leisure facilities that sometimes defy belief. Antoine, from the YouTube channel "Scoot2Street", is passionate about sport and thrills. Here are his 6 favourite adrenaline-pumping activities and spots in Dubai.
"As someone who loves thrills, extremes and so on... in Dubai, I've had it all!"
1. Riding at the XPark skatepark in Dubai, the most expensive in the world
There's something for all ages, all levels and all tastes. Budding riders can even take lessons to learn how to freestyle like a pro. This is undoubtedly the best skatepark in Dubai, and we'd almost go so far as to say it's the best in the world.
"It's one of the most expensive skateparks in the world, and it's famous for that. It's huge with beautiful colours and palm trees in the skatepark. Frankly, it's great fun to ride!"
Beach Walk Hotel Jumeirah 4*Just a stone's throw from XPark in Dubai and Kite Beach, this 4-star hotel is sure to delight visitors.
2. The incredible water park at the Atlantis hotel
The 5-starAtlantis hotel in Dubai is like paradise on earth: over 1,500 rooms and suites, a dozen restaurants, a kilometre-long private beach, a huge aquarium that organises encounters with marine animals and... the biggest water park in the world, no less!
While families are welcome, with play areas specially designed for children, it is above all a meeting place for thrill-seekers. Spread over 22 hectares, visitors to theAquaventure Waterpark will find over a hundred activities and some of the highest and longest waterslides in the world!
"It's true that it's crazy, it's huge! You don't even have time to do it all in one day, and there are slides you can't see anywhere else."
Atlantis, The Palm 5* / DubaiAtlantis, The Palm is a landmark in Dubai. An ideal hotel that will leave couples and families with unforgettable memories.
3. Jet-skiing in the Arabian Gulf
There's no need to introduce the jet-ski, the water bike that glides along the surface of the water at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. In Dubai's marina, you can see them playing with the waves at all hours of the day. It's the perfect way to get your thrills, while enjoying an unparalleled panoramic view of Dubai's mythical skyline, with the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the city's other towers clearly visible.
We race, we splash around with the machine and, sometimes, we lose control and fall headfirst into the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf: a morning full of laughter and excitement!
"I had no idea you could fall off a jet-ski, so we had a good laugh!"
Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina 5*The rooms in this 5* hotel offer incredible views of the Dubai skyline!
4. Take on the desert dunes in a buggy
After the sea, head for the desert. In a 4x4 or buggy, accelerating on the sand and slaloming between the dunes brings its share ofadrenalin and dopamine. At dusk, as the last rays of the sun adorn the desert with a very special atmosphere, we head off to a traditional Bedouin camp to spend the evening.
Oriental shows, shisha, henna tattoos, camel rides... everything you need for an authentic and unforgettable experience. When night falls, you can gather around a delicious, typically Dubai barbecue in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
"We met some incredible people, it was a great day out with the camels and everything... We're typically in THE Dubai, in fact, it's magnificent."
Mysk Al Badayer Retreat 5*A 5* establishment lost in the middle of the desert for a timeless experience!
5. Get the feeling of flying a flyboard or Efoil
If you've always dreamed of flying, you can do it in Dubai! With your flyboard strapped to your feet, you can take off from a height of over ten metres above the water. It may take a little getting used to, but you'll soon get the hang of it, and you'll soon be feeling the thrill.
Another possibility is theEfoil: this electric surfboard glides over the water in breathtaking silence, offering a completely new riding experience! With a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour, it's well up there in the extreme sports category.
"It was super cool, super fun, we had a lot of laughs and we fell into the water!"
Rove Dubai Marina 3*A hotel in the heart of the marina, ideal for families and good value for money.
6. Helicopter flight over the Burj Khalifa
Let's get even higher... A helicopter flight over Dubai offers a breathtaking view of the entire city below. You can easily make out the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab and The Palm Jumeirah. You can also see The World - an archipelago of artificial islands that form a map of the world.
You can also see a number of small islands that have not yet been completed, forming a sumptuous picture in shades of blue and white. It's here, flying over these mythical monuments with the desert in the background, that you realise you'rereally in Dubai.
"The view of Dubai from the sky is breathtaking!"